It seems that the only repair option unless I try to take it apart myself was to send it off to Panasonic for a flat rate of $161.50. So I went to "Plan B" ..... I went on eBay, found the exact same camera last night that had an auction that was ending in a few hours. I bid on it & & won it for $61. So I get memory cards, extra charger, battery & cables & move on. If, down the road, I can find a Panasonic recall similar to Canon's then I'll bring the old one back to life.
PANASONIC CAMERA AND DIGITAL S
1590 TOUHY AVENUE
ELK GROVE VILLAGE
Panasonic has centralized its repair experts for quality control and efficiency. If
you need operating assistance, please call 1-800-211-PANA. If you are sure your
product is in need of repair, please ship it to us at the address above.
If your camera model begins with PV
If the unit is over the 90 day warranty period but
within the 1 year parts warranty period, the flat rate repair charge is $161.50
(Return Shipping Included). If unit was purchased over 1 year ago, the flat
rate repair charge is $261.50 (Return Shipping Included). Please
include a check or a credit card number to eliminate any delays in processing
If your camera model begins with DMC
If unit was purchased over 1 year ago, the flat rate repair charge is $161.50 (Return Shipping Included).
Please include a check or a credit card number to eliminate any delays in processing your repair.
Failures resulting from misuse, moisture damage, impact damage or other physical damage do not qualify
for flat rate repair. In these cases, a separate repair estimate will be prepared for your approval.